Local expert weighs in on massive fossil

Mesalands’ Axel Hungerbuehler examines vertebrae from a Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus) that is being prepared by paleontology students of the college.

Staff and wire reports   It just might be the biggest dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed, according to a report released Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports. That’s why the discovery of a mostly complete Dreadnoughtus in Argentina is making headlines around the world. But that’s not why the curator at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum […]

Fires destroy 2 abandoned Tucumcari motels

Tucumcari’s Payless Inn (left) and Tucumcari Motel, both abandoned, burned down in separate fires within a week of each other, the Payless on Sept. 3 and the Tucumcari Motel on Friday night.  The state fire marshal’s office is investigation the Payless Inn blaze.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Two abandoned Tucumcari motels burned to the ground in separate fires on Sept. 3 and Friday night.  An abandoned house was left charred but still standing in a Sept. 3 fire that occurred about an hour before the first motel blaze. The cause of all three fires is suspicious, […]

Tucumcari Motel building burns to ground

The Tucumcari Motel building at Smith and Adams streets, Tucumcari, burned to the ground Friday night or early Saturday.

The Tucumcari Motel building at Adams and Smith streets, Tucumcari, burned to the ground overnight. We will report more information as we receive it.

State police investigating Tucumcari stabbing

State police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred just after 3:30 p.m. today in Tucumcari near Main and Rock Island streets. The victim has not been identified but is undergoing treatment at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital as of 5:20 p.m. today, state police Lt. Cleo Baker said. Police are looking for a person […]

Area lakes draw in 20,000 over Labor Day

Five members of the Kessler family from Tijeras near the end of their last boat ride of the summer on Labor Day at Conchas Lake. From left, dad Russell, Josie, mom Nina, Patrick and Grace are aboard.  Jason, the oldest of the four children, brought the truck and trailer to load the boat for the trip home.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Visitation numbers were up for Sumner Lake and Conchas Lake, while Ute Lake and Oasis State Parks saw a decline in visitors this Labor Day weekend, compared to last year’s Labor Day period. Sumner Lake State Park in Fort Sumner recorded 1,200 visitors over the weekend, 100 more than the […]

School enrollments up overall in Quay County

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   Total enrollment in Quay County public schools is up by 34 students from enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. The total enrollment for all public schools in Quay County is 1,506 for the current school year, 2014-15, compared with 1,472 in the 2013-14 school year. Enrollment increased at […]

Tucumcari police begin Cops and Coats drive

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Police Department has launched its Cops and Coats drive for 2014 with bins for coats and a bank account for cash donations. Cops and Coats was organized by Sgt. Brian Holmes and Patrolman Kenny Fernandez last winter after they saw children walking to school without outerwear on cold days. Bins to […]

City will apply for siren warning system grant from USDA

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The city of Tucumcari will apply for a grant to re-energize its emergency siren system, the city commission has decided. If the city receives the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the sirens will supplement the “reverse 911” telephone system that warns of approaching extreme weather, including tornadoes. […]

EDC to focus on marketing, workshops to tell story

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   As part of a campaign to “tell our story,” Pat Vanderpool, executive director of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation, talked about four areas in which he is pursuing economic development opportunities on Aug. 27 at an EDC’s board of directors meeting. Vanderpool said his current efforts are […]

Rattlers fall to Escalante in season opener

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Rattlers lost their first football game of the season to the Escalante High Lobos in a contest held at Tierra Amarillo, north of Santa Fe.  The score was 34-28. The Rattlers and Lobos traded scores all through the game, but with 5:38 left in the game, the Lobos intercepted a pass and ran […]